Years ago, your option were very limited when it came to fighting skin sagging and laxity. Once you had droopy jowls or a heavy, hooded brow, your best and really only option to reverse or correct them was to have surgery such as a facelift or a brow lift.
Thanks to technology, there are more ways to fight the signs of aging than ever. Non-surgical skin tightening, using ultrasound energy, is one welcome advancement. Ultherapy is an FDA-approved treatment that targets the underlying layer of skin. Ultrasonic energy directed at the dermis helps to increase collagen production, which helps to minimize and reverse early signs of skin sagging.
Although Ultherapy (or Ulthera) can be an excellent treatment for the right candidate, it’s not for everyone. There are a few things Ultherapy will do and some it won’t do.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Will Fight Early Signs of Aging
Ultherapy is most effective at treating skin laxity that isn’t too severe. For that reason, it’s usually recommended for patients who are just beginning to show signs of aging on the face. You might be a good candidate if you have a bit of laxity around your neck or jowls or if you are just starting to see a bit of droop in your eyebrows.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Will Fight Sagging in Several Areas
When it comes to surgery, you usually need a different procedure to correct skin laxity or sagging in different areas. For example, if you’re primarily concerned with sagging in the lower part of your face, a facelift is usually the right choice for you. A brow lift is a better fit if you’re concerned about drooping brows or a heavy forehead.
But Ultherapy helps to treat skin sagging on a number facial areas. If you have some sagging in the chin and a bit of droop in your brow, you can have the treatment in both areas. It works on the brow, the chin or the neck. The treatment can also help smooth wrinkles in the chest area.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Won’t Treat Spots or Uneven Texture
Nothing’s perfect, so it’s worth pointing out a few things Ultherapy won’t do. If you’re concerned about hyperpigmentation, or age spots, on your skin, or are concerned about uneven skin texture or enlarged pores, Ulthera won’t really help you. The treatment can’t reduce pigmentation or shrink pore size. If you’re primarily concerned about spots or uneven texture, a treatment such as Fraxel laser might be a better option for you.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Won’t Replace a Facelift
One other thing Ulthera won’t do: It’s not an equal replacement or substitute for a facelift. While the treatment does reduce sagging and will tighten skin, it can only do so much. For that reason, it’s usually recommended to patients who are just beginning to see looseness and laxity in certain areas.
If you have a considerable amount of skin sagging, you might not get the type of results you are hoping for from Ulthera. Speaking with a surgeon and have a surgeon take a look at your face will help you decide whether the non-surgical or surgical route is most appropriate for you.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Will Provide Results Over Time
The best things in life often take some time, and that’s true of Ultherapy too. While many people do see an improvement right away in their skin’s tightness, it can take up to a few months before you see the full results from a Ulthera treatment. Once the full results are visible, they are long-lasting. While you might not need a repeat treatment, it’s common for people to get a touch-up procedure every year or so.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Will Extend Surgical Results
Even if you’re already had a facelift or a browlift, you can still benefit from non-surgical skin tightening. Remember that surgery turns back the hands of time, it doesn’t freeze them. You’ll continue to age afterwards. Scheduling a Ultherapy treatment as you begin to notice skin looseness returning can help you maintain your results and can help you look and feel more youthful for longer.
If you are ready to learn more about what non-surgical skin tightening will and won’t do for you, schedule a consultation at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, in Houston, Texas. Every procedure performed at Mirror Mirror is done so under the supervision of Dr. Paul Vitenas, a board certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience. To make your appointment, call 281-810-9083 today.